Welcome to DSS announcements. Keep an eye on this page for upcoming reminders and any changes to office hours! Please be advised that DSS will be open from Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 6:00pm. However, we will provide minimal staffing to administer exams and/or quizzes that will not end (or start) until after 6:00pm.
Disability Support Services COVID-19 Response
This page contains the latest information on how Disability Support Services (DSS) will continue to operate during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please remember that DSS may need to modify its’ operational plan as the COVID-19 situation dictates.
DSS will continue to provide support to students using email, Zoom and phone as appropriate. There will be a minimal DSS Office presence to proctor exams that must be done in person or to provide other services that cannot be duplicated virtually and can only done by appointment. Otherwise, DSS services will be provided virtually, in compliance with current campus guidelines. The best way to reach DSS staff is by their specific campus email addresses. Please see a list below:
- Any testing related questions should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Any notetaker related questions should be addressed to email@example.com
- Any other general questions should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org
- John Segoria can be reached at: email@example.com
- Kara Kornher can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Michelle Saavedra Diaz can be reached at: email@example.com
- Ben Towns can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Diana Soderbeck can be reached at: email@example.com
- Marilyn Chapman can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
At this time, the majority of courses to be taught during the Fall 2021 semester will be done using a virtual format but there will be in person courses offered as well. However, please consult the class schedule closely, because there will be a number of courses that will meet periodically on campus.
Please be sure and contact the Testing Scheduler at email@example.com if you want us to contact your professors for Fall 2021 to have any authorized testing accommodations implemented. DSS should be notified immediately if there are any issues in getting your authorized extended exam or quiz times.
Depending on the way a class is virtually taught the continuation of using a notetaker may or may not be relevant. Please follow up directly with the Notetaker Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
If there is a need to convert any course content into accessible format, then please use the email@example.com to notify us.
The COVID-19 situation is fluid and changing very quickly. CSUSM has a specific location for obtaining the most current COVID-19 information as it pertains to our campus. Please be sure and go to the CSUSM as One website to keep informed.
For those of you who have questions regarding your textbooks, here is some general information. Your assigned instructor for each course is the one who will determine what textbooks will be required. You are encouraged to login to Cougar Courses to see what your instructor has posted in regard to your course. They may have their syllabus posted, which will list the textbooks you will need to purchase. You can also check the University Store’s website and use their search engine to see if there are any textbooks listed for each of your courses. You can find more information at the University Store. Any additional questions you might have regarding your required textbooks for a specific course should be addressed to your assigned instructor.
Tools for Functioning in the Online Environment
The transition of classes to the online format has been an adjustment for everyone. Some of our students have reported that they have been experiencing academic difficulties as a result of this transition. To better support our students, we have created a document of tips, strategies, and resources which can be accessed at your convenience.
Please note, the first day of the Fall 2021 semester is on August 30th and finals will take place between December 13th and December 18th. You are encouraged to check the actual Fall 2021 Course Schedule to see when classes actually meet and if they are asynchronous, synchronous, hybrid or entirely on campus.
Directive on COVID-19 Mitigation Measures and Guidelines
All students should read the President’s Directive on COVID-19 Mitigation Measures and Guidelines.